The idea of creating a sculpture trail or park in the Monadnock Region had its genesis at the annual 2021 Rotary District Conference in Meredith, NH.
                 Sculpture New Hampshire Gets Started
Over the past year the idea of creating a sculpture trail in the Monadnock Region has been nurtured along, albeit somewhat slowly.  Initially the Dublin Rotary Park, on Howe Reservoir, seemed a potential site for installing outdoor three-dimensional art.  To that end, Michael Manjarris, a well-known creator of sculpture installations whom I met by pure chance in Tucson, visited our area in July.   We met with various interested parties including the Grand Monadnock Rotary Club; Dublin Planning Board and Board of Selectmen; Mayor Hensel of Keene, the Peterborough Board of Selectmen; and Brad Bates, Headmaster of Dublin School.
Since that time the quest has been to find a site to install an initial sculpture, an incubator project if you will, to give the public an idea of the power of outdoor monumental art, in the form of sculpture.  While the Dublin Rotary Park remains a prime locus for one or more sculpture installations, a more immediate site needs to be selected to keep the prospect of a sculpture trail alive.  Manjarris has procured on loan a particularly intriguing bronze sculpture Ba’al & Yizhaq   from the estate of nationally known sculptor Boaz Vaadia.  Under the auspices of the Grand Monadnock Rotary Club, a new outreach program of its Charitable Fund, Sculpture New Hampshire, has been formed.  Its initial project will be the installation of the Vaadia sculpture in either Putnam Park or Boccelli Gardens, both on Grove Street in the middle of Peterborough.  Enabling the installation, the Charitable Fund has established a designated account for that purpose with an initial matching grant funding of $3,200.  Those interested in contributing to the project may make a tax deductible donation to the Grand Monadnock Rotary Charitable Fund (with a notation “Sculpture NH” in the memo line); PO Box 354 Peterborough, NH 03458.
In addition to the Boaz Vaadia installation, Dublin School is the recipient of a generous $5,000 gift from A New England family foundation.  Pictured below, Augusta Petrone presented Brad Bates (Head of School) with a check to encourage the creation and installation of outdoor sculpture on the campus.  Bates’ vision for creating and installing outdoor art includes enhancing the school’s cross country ski trails with sculptures that will capture the imagination of students and visiting ski teams and hikers as well.